- Title: While having a stroll at the mall, Iraqis get a shot of COVID-19 vaccine
- Date: 23rd August 2021
- Summary: BAGHDAD, IRAQ (AUGUST 22, 2021) (REUTERS) NURSE WEARING FACE MASK FILLING A SYRINGE WITH COVID-19 VACCINE NURSE GIVING A VACCINE SHOT TO IRAQI MAN ADVERTISEMENT ON THE WALL / PEOPLE WAITING SEATED PEOPLE REGISTERING FOR THE VACCINE IN THE MALL CORRIDOR MAN RECEIVING VACCINE SHOT MEDICAL STAFF ORGANISING EQUIPMENT PEOPLE WAITING SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQI GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE WHO GOT VACCINATED AT THE MALL, ILAF ZIAD, SAYING: "Today we came to the mall and we found the vaccination centre by coincidence, and got vaccinated. I think it's a nice initiative, it is better (in the mall) than in the medical centres, plus the atmosphere is good." CROWD AT VACCINATION CENTRE IN MALL MAN REGISTERING FOR THE VACCINE WOMEN SEATED AND WAITING NURSE GIVING A VACCINE SHOT TO MAN (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DOCTOR, RASHA DARID, SAYING: "(We set it up) In the places a lot of people go to after work, most people have things to do in the morning, so they don't go to medical centres. So we thought, the place where people come in the afternoon - that's the mall." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE REGISTERING FOR THE VACCINE PEOPLE WAITING MAN RECEIVING VACCINE SHOT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQI WORKER WHO GOT VACCINATED AT THE MALL, AHMED ZAYED, SAYING: "I was among those who were very opposed to the vaccine and I did not want to get vaccinated. But then because of the nature of my job, a lot of people told me that in the hospitals, hundreds are dying every day and that there is no choice but to get vaccinated." OVERVIEW OF RESTAURANT IN MALL PEOPLE SEATED IN THE RESTAURANT MEDICAL STAFF WALKING IN MALL VARIOUS OF MEDICAL STAFF TALKING TO MALL VISITORS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF THE VACCINE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DOCTOR, MARWA MAJED, SAYING: "We visited all the shops, to raise awareness about taking the vaccine, among the people who are here today. Of course, we want to encourage them to take it and we explain the side effects of the vaccine. The slight rise in temperature. And most people are responding well and many people decide to take it because we encouraged them." MEDICAL STAFF VACCINATING MAN WOMAN LOOKING ON PEOPLE WAITING PEOPLE IN THE MALL CORRIDOR
- Embargoed: 6th September 2021 13:00
- Keywords: Baghdad Coronavirus Initiative Iraq Mall Vaccination
- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- City: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Health/Medicine,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERI3M1H
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:As he was having a stroll through Baghdad's Mansour mall on Sunday (August 22), Ilaf Ziad stumbled upon a vaccination centre right in the middle of the busy shopping centre.
"We found the vaccination centre by coincidence, and got vaccinated", he said, adding that the location suited him more than the medical centres dotting the Iraqi capital.
On Friday (August 20), Iraqi medical authorities set up this new centre in the mall, a first in Iraq, that operates several hours per day.
Many Iraqis are unable or unwilling to take time off from work to visit medical centres that are open in the first part of the day only. The new vaccination centre at the mall opens in the afternoon when the shopping centre is at its busiest.
Carrying leaflets about vaccine information, medical staff were walking through the mall to raise awareness about the benefits of the vaccine, in the hopes of attracting more people to their already busy centre.
Iraq has in the last weeks seen a high number of new daily coronavirus infections, with 5,634 new cases on August 22, including 74 deaths.
So far, about 7.5% of Iraq's population is fully vaccinated, almost 3 million Iraqis out of a population of nearly 40 million.
"I was among those who were very much opposed to the vaccine", another freshly-vaccinated Iraqi, Ahmed Zayed, told Reuters. He said that he changed his mind after hearing people speak about the dangers of the coronavirus.
(Production: Maher Nazeh, Charlotte Bruneau)
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